The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 23rd August 2020

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August 23rd, 2020

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.

Prelude: Where’er You Walk

GF Handel


Lighting of the Candles

Introit: O Love of God

TiS 139, Tune 405

Call to Worship

Leader: We, who are members of the one body,
All: join together to praise God.
Leader: We, who share in the journey of faith,
All: join together on this path of life.
Leader: We, who question, doubt, explore and engage,
All: join together in encountering mystery.
Leader: Let us worship God together.


We Sing: Gather Us In

TiS 474.

  1. Here in this place new light is streaming,
    now is the darkness vanished away,
    see, in this space, our fears and our dreamings,
    brought here to you in the light of this day.

Gather us in, the lost and forsaken;
gather us in, the blind and the lame;
call to us now, and we shall awaken,
we shall arise at the sound of our name.

  1. We are the young, our lives are a mystery;
    we are the old, who yearn for your face;
    we have been sung throughout all of history,
    called to be light to the whole human race.

Gather us in, the rich and the haughty;
gather us in, the proud and the strong;
give us a heart so meek and so lowly,
give us the courage to enter the song.

  1. Not in the dark of buildings confining,
    not in some heaven light years away,
    but here in this space, the new light is shining,
    now is the kingdom, now is the day.

Gather us in, and hold us forever;
gather us in, and make us your own;
gather us in, all peoples together,
fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Marty Haugen. © 1982 GIA Publications. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444.


Passing of the Peace

The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.

Community News and Notices

Children’s Time

Children may go downstairs for Sunday School. Parents, you are welcome to join your child in Sunday School if you feel your child may need your assistance. Alternatively, you may wish for your child to remain with you for the duration of worship. Activity packs are available from the Welcome Desks.

We Sing: Why?

  1. I can crawl down low on my knees (crawl, crawl)
    I can hold my nose when I sneeze, (ah-choo-yuk!!)
    I can stretch my body up so high (right to the sky).
    So why, oh why, can’t I fly
    • like a plane (yyyaaow …)
    • or a bird (flap, flap-tweet)
    • or a buzzy, buzzy bee? (zzzzz-ouch, got me!)
    (with actions)

Chorus 1:
But I can talk to Jesus,
I do it every day.
He tells me I am precious,
That God made me just this way.

  1. I can hold my breath and count to 10, (aah – 1 …. 10)
    I can pick up my best friend (heave, grunt, groan)
    I can touch my nose with my eyes shut tight, (like this),
    So why can’t I stay up all night
    • like a possum (bang, bang on our roof)
    • or a wombat (snuffle, snuffle)
    • or a watching, watching, watch dog? (woof, woof).

Chorus 1:
But I can talk to Jesus,
I do it every day.
He tells me I am precious,
That God made me just this way.

Chorus 2:
And you can talk to Jesus,
You can do it every day.
He’ll tell you that you’re precious,
And God made you just that way.

Words and music: Jan Oliver 1990. Used with permission.

Anthem: I Got a Home in that Rock

Trad spiritual arr R Nairn

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-20

The gospel of Christ, light of the world.
Thanks be to God.


We Sing: Like A Candle

All Together 582

  1. Like a candle burning wildly,
    raging soft and against the night,
    spark that leaps to clear the shadows,
    sending warm disturbing light.
    We are called to live the passion.
    Hope stands strong against all pain.
    For it’s only in the burning
    that the candle shows its flame.

  2. Like a river running freely,
    rapids swirl beside our feet,
    swiftly flowing from the highland,
    comes to rest, still waters meet.
    All our journeys rising, falling,
    making turns we least expect,
    when the Spirit churns within us,
    know God’s power through the test.

  3. See the hope that burns in darkness,
    show compassion strong and kind,
    bind the hurt and broken-hearted,
    be God’s hands and voice and eyes.
    Sing a new song ev’ry sunrise,
    climb to places out of reach,
    walk in freedom in God’s Spirit,
    as we die so we shall live.

We are called to live the passion.
Hope stands strong against all pain.
For it’s only in the burning
that the candle shows its flame.

Craig Mitchell, Tim Beale and Roger Imms Words © Craig Mitchell. ONE LICENSE, License #A-604444


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Prayers of the People

And now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us saying…

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin
against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.

We Sing: God is Love

TiS 153

  1. God is love, let heav’n adore him;
    God is love, let earth rejoice;
    let creation sing before him,
    and exalt him with one voice.
    God, who laid the earth’s foundation,
    he who spread the heavens above
    and who breathes through all creation,
    God is Love, eternal Love.

  2. God is love, and gently, enfolding
    all the world in one embrace,
    with unfailing grasp is holding
    every child of every race.
    And when human hearts are breaking
    under sorrow’s iron rod,
    then they find that self same aching
    deep within the heart of God.

  3. God is love, and, though with blindness
    sin afflicts our human hearts,
    God’s eternal loving kindness
    holding, guiding, grace imparts.
    Sin and death and hell shall never
    o’er us final triumph gain;
    God is love, so love for ever
    o’er the universe must reign.

Timothy Rees 1874-1939 alt. Words by permission Community of Resurrection, UK. Public Domain.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Choral Blessing: Depart with the Peace of God

Tim Tscharke

Postlude: Entry of the Queen of Sheba

GF Handel

In order to avoid crowding at the exits, please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to leave. There are sign-up sheets for morning tea at the welcome desk to share coffee in cafes in North Adelaide.

Some prayers and liturgy in this service are adapted from Words for Worship, published by MediaCom, Inc and Spill the Beans, published by the Spill the Beans Resource Team,